CII Sparks Transformative Change in Zomba, Malawi

RootChangeDevelopment Revolution, Reimagining Projects

By Angela Serrano and Myson Jambo CII Malawi Update November 2023 In a mere few months, the Community Independence Initiative (CII) in Zomba, Malawi, has yielded tangible benefits, capturing the attention of neighboring leaders eager to replicate this transformative program in their villages. Launched by Root Change in June, CII has brought together 50 families in a peer-driven change model, …

22 African Youth Are Now Certified Research-to-Change (R2C) Mentors!

Rachel DickinsonRebooting Systems, Reimagining Projects

The Research-to-Change Mentorship Academy (R2CMA), led by Root Change and IREX as part of the 5-year USAID-funded Youth Excel program, was a 10-week, hands-on, virtual course for young researchers, evaluators, or practitioners passionate about using data to make informed decisions within a local organization. Youth under the age of 35 applied to be part of the course in teams of …

CII has Officially Launched in Ulumba, Zomba Malawi

RootChangeDevelopment Revolution, Reimagining Projects

By Meg Bearor & Myson Jambo Root Change is excited to share that after careful preparations and months of planning, CII Malawi launched in Zomba District Council with the Ulumba community. CII Malawi started with 50 families in the Ulumba area under Traditional Authority Chikowi in Zomba.  Root Change has partnered with Youth for Development and Productivity (YODEP) to identify …

Research-to-Change Mentorship Academy (R2CMA): Youth-inclusive Implementation Research

RootChangeReimagining Projects, Rethinking Organizations

Are you a young researcher, evaluator, or practitioner passionate about using data to make informed decisions within a local organization? If so, we invite you to apply for the Research-to-Change Mentorship Academy (R2CMA), led by Root Change and IREX as part of the Youth Excel program. What is Research-to-Change? Research-to-Change (R2C) is an approach that embeds research into implementation, enabling …

Request for Applications: Community Power Global Learning Exchange

RootChangeReimagining Projects

If you are a non-profit or community-based organization elevating community power in the pursuit of social justice and health equity, we want to hear from you! Root Change, with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is launching an initiative to generate learning between groups focused on community power and health equity issues across the US and worldwide. The primary …

The Community Independence Initiative comes to Malawi

Myson JamboDevelopment Revolution, Reimagining Projects

This summer, Root Change is thrilled to introduce the groundbreaking Community Independence Initiative (CII) in Zomba T/A Chikowi, Malawi. The CII pilot project will engage 50 families in a transformative, peer-driven model that seeks to leverage their innate talents, strengths, and resourcefulness. Contrary to conventional development approaches, CII refrains from providing services or advice, opting instead to establish a framework …

Following Up: Learning Journeys for 3 Social Lab Teams in Cambodia

Rachel DickinsonRebooting Systems, Reimagining Projects

This blog is a follow-on to an earlier post about a Social Lab that was conducted as part of the three-year USAID-funded Local Organizations—Movement Towards Self-Reliance (LO-MTSR) activity implemented by The Cloudburst Group (Cloudburst) and their two major partners, Partners Global and the DevLab@Duke University. LO-MTSR aimed to increase the organizational resiliency of Cambodian civil society organizations (CSOs). One method …

Highlighting Learning Journeys for 3 Social Lab Teams in Cambodia

Rachel DickinsonRebooting Systems, Reimagining Projects

These activities are being conducted as part of the three-year USAID-funded Local Organizations—Movement Towards Self-Reliance (LO-MTSR) activity implemented by The Cloudburst Group (Cloudburst) and their two major partners, PartnersGlobal and the DevLab@Duke University. LO-MTSR aims to increase the organizational resiliency of Cambodian civil society organizations (CSOs) across the health, education, food security, environment, and democracy, human rights, and governance sectors …

La Iniciativa de Independencia Comunitaria llega a la Costa Central de California

Angela SerranoDevelopment Revolution, Rebooting Systems, Reimagining Projects, Rethinking Organizations

This post is also available on the Root Change blog in English. A principios de 2021, Root Change se asoció con People’s Self-Help Housing (PSHH), la organización de vivienda sin fines de lucro con más años de servicio en la costa central de California para realizar un programa piloto de la Iniciativa de Independencia Comunitaria (CII por sus siglas en …

The Community Independence Initiative Reaches California’s Central Coast

Angela SerranoDevelopment Revolution, Rebooting Systems, Reimagining Projects, Rethinking Organizations

Esta publicación también está disponible en el blog de Root Change en español. In early 2021 Root Change partnered with People’s Self-Help Housing (PSHH), the longest-serving nonprofit affordable housing organization on the Central Coast of California, to pilot the Community Independence Initiative (CII). CII is a peer-driven change model that invests in the talents, strengths, and ingenuity of people living in …